Meeting the challenge of designing and constructing sustainable concrete pavements in desert environments is the topic of a new four-session educational series coming in April & May. The 1 ¼-hour presentations will take place on four Tuesday mornings, running from 9:00 am PDT until 10:15 am PDT.

Gain knowledge about recent research and best practices. Learn about pavement project successes and challenges. And get guidance for improving the outcomes of concrete pavement projects in desert climates.

This free series is presented by the Southwest Concrete Pavement Association, supported by the CP Tech Center, FHWA, the Nevada Department of Transportation, and the California Nevada Cement Association.

The instructors for the series are subject matter experts and very engaging presenters – Peter Taylor of the CP Tech Center, Tom Van Dam of NCE, Mike Praul of the FHWA, Angel Mateos of the University of California Pavement Research Center, a Paving Contractor TBA, and Host & Moderator Charles Stuart, Executive Director of SWCPA. Registration is required for each session.

Here are the topics for the four sessions:

Session 1 – Concrete Mixtures for Pavement on Tuesday, April 19th with Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center
This session will present the “How’s & Why’s” of specifying and proportioning cements, SCMs, admixtures, and aggregates for desert pavements. Register here:

Session 2 – Pavement Design and Critical Properties on Tuesday, April 26th with Tom Van Dam, NCE
Designing and specifying pavements for desert environments requires a comprehensive understanding of how design relates to placement and performance. Register here:

Session 3 – Concrete Pavement Inspection and Testing on Tuesday, May 10th with Mike Praul, FHWA
Pavement quality is controlled through comprehensive inspection and testing requirements. Desert environments present added paving risks that should be accounted for in project QA and QC programs. Register here:

Session 4 – Pavement Construction and Performance on Tuesday, May 24th with Angel Mateos, UCPRC and a Paving Contractor TBA.
Successful paving in desert environments requires attention to key construction processes. Performance data indicates excellent performance in desert environments. Register here:

Plan on attending if you are an engineer, specifier, contractor or technician – from either the agency or industry side – who is involved in improving concrete pavement design, performance, and construction for roadway and airfield projects in the desert regions of the U.S. Southwest.

CEU / PDH Certificates will be available for this four-session workshop.

For additional information, contact Charles Stuart at